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The Problem You Share with Tiger Woods…and How to Solve It (product spotlight)

by Craig Better

May302013

Hitting it great on the range, poor on the courseTiger Woods calls it “Ranger Rick Syndrome,” and I’m sure you’ve experienced this frustrating problem:

You hit the ball great at the range, but then you can’t take your game to the golf course.

“My friends call me Ranger Rick,” Woods told USA Today. “I hit it beautifully on the range, then on the course I don’t have it.”

I’ve found something that solves this problem. And Tiger…if you’re reading this, you’ll find it valuable too.

First, we can all agree that filming your golf swing is a valuable exercise.

You can see major flaws you would never otherwise notice.

But, it’s critically important to understand…

Hitting Golf Balls is Not Playing Golf

If you want to play better golf, it’s vital to see yourself playing golf, not “hitting golf balls” at the range.

And here’s the reason:

Consequences.

On the range, there are no consequences for bad shots. There’s no pressure.

But on the golf course, there are plenty of consequences…

Out-of-bounds. Rough. Sand. Water.

Whether you realize it or not, these things affect your mental state, which in turn affects your mechanics.

Suddenly, your alignment, set up, tempo, grip pressure and swing plane can go from “a bit off” to totally out-of-whack.

So, I’d never say it’s useless, but when you film yourself at the range, you’re only capturing a carefree dress rehearsal….

…when it’s the live performance that matters.

Get the Same Advantage Tiger Woods Enjoys

What the SwingShot looks likeEvery time Tiger plays competitive golf, there’s a TV camera following every swing. In fact, if he scratches his nose, we see it on TV.

On CBS, you’ve seen acclaimed teacher Peter Kostis examine Tiger’s swing in microscopic detail. On NBC, Johnny Miller picks apart Tiger’s swing frame-by-frame.

So, if you’re Tiger Woods, life is pretty good…

You can simply record the golf telecast, then kick back in the evening and see what you’re doing right and wrong on the golf course.

Now you can have precisely the same advantage thanks to a new golf camera called SwingShot.

(And as a GVI reader, you can also get a special discount not available anyplace else. More on this below.)

See How You Really Swing On the Golf Course and Instantly Improve Your Game

The SwingShot is an easy-to-use video camera that sits atop a metal-tipped shaft.

As you make your way around the course, you simply take the lightweight and weatherproof unit out of your bag and place it in the ground behind you or square-on.

How the SwingShot fits easily in your golf bag

Then, press the ‘record’ button, set up during the 10-second delay, then make a swing.

The SwingShot captures your swings — and the results — as beautiful, high-definition videos you can view
later on your computer, tablet, or phone.

How to use the SwingShot in the fairway

And the 8GB model, called the Cyclops Pro, can hold a lot of them: 244 swings (at 30 seconds each) to be exact.

That’s four to six rounds of golf or more depending on what you shoot and how many shots you choose to record.

(And yes, it works beautifully on the range, too.)

Yes, Your Golf Buddies Will Tease You at First……then Ask to Borrow the SwingShot

The first few times I tested the SwingShot, I went out late afternoon to avoid my friends because I thought they would make fun of me.

But some interesting things happened.

First, I got around the course as fast as I usually do (I was concerned about the SwingShot slowing me down, but it was a non-issue.)

Second, Players on other holes kept coming over to ask me what the heck this thing was.

Closeup views of the SwingShot's lens and lcd screen

By the end of the round, I had met six people…and had two invitations to play the next week.

Later, when I used the SwingShot in my regular game, I got some ribbing from the wise guys in the group.

But those same guys kept pulling me aside and asking me if they could use the SwingShot.

Of course, the most important thing is…

It Helps Me Play Dramatically Better Golf

Do you remember how eye-opening it was the first time you saw your swing on video?

The same is true the first time you see yourself on video on the golf course.

The SwingShot will capture your trouble shots, tooOn certain shots, I could practically see myself tensing up and trying to steer the ball away from trouble, which is exactly what you don’t want to do.

So, with the SwingShot in my arsenal, I can see what I’m doing wrong while I’m playing, and then stop doing it.

It’s just like having your own personal film crew.

Now I play as good — if not better — on the course as I do on the range.

How’s that for a refreshing change?

Going Somewhere Special? Capture the Moment Forever

A quick note of particular importance to golf travelers:

The SwingShot has different recording modes, one of which is “scenic.”

So, let’s say you’re going someplace special like Pebble Beach.

In addition to recording your shots, you can put the SwingShot into this scenic, wide-angle mode, hit the record button and, bingo, you’ve got an HD recording you can treasure for a lifetime.

How to Get the SwingShot for $20 Less than Everyone Else — the Lowest Price Anywhere

If you want a SwingShot, you have a few options:

You can buy it from Hammacher Schlemmer for $349…

You can buy it on Amazon for $329…

A screenshot of what the Swingshot sells for at Amazon

You can buy it from Golfsmith for $299 (the lowest price I’ve seen)…

Screenshot of what the SwingShot sells for at Golfsmith

But as a GVI reader, you have an additional option that others don’t have:

You can buy the SwingShot Cyclops Pro for just $279, a $20 discount off the lowest price offered anywhere.

You just have to use this special link and enter promo code: gvi (all lowercase).

The company has limited us to 100 units at this price, so place your order now if you’d like to rid yourself of “range syndrome” and finally see and improve your game…where it

Free Beginners Course Opening in Sweden

I saw this article today on Golf Course Architecture – what a great way to get kids interested in golf, the course will be free for kids including clubs if a child doesn’t have them, its modeled after the Ladies putting green or Himalayas at St Andrews which is great fun BTW if you haven’t played it.  Read the full article below.

Värpinge Golfbana work underway

22 April 2013

Free Beginners Course in Sweden

Construction is under way on a unique beginners course at the Värpinge Golfbana in the town of Lund, southern Sweden.

The course, which has six holes varying in length from 35-90 metres and sits on a 5.5 hectare site, is completely reversible, so it can provide twelve different holes. Swedish architect Johan Benestam has done the design work.

Club owner Hakan Rasmusson told GCA: “My idea was to make golf truly accessible. I needed something to show the 90 per cent of society that don’t play golf. We wanted something that was very inclusive, and specifically for kids. They have football pitches, basketball courts and so on supplied by society. But golf is not that way most of our courses are funded by existing golfers. That creates a threshold golf is quite far away from those who are not part of that network.”

“Most of the interest in our project has come from the non-golfing part of society,” Rasmusson added. “I want something that is unpretentious, low key and natural.”

The owner said the course used the Ladies Putting Course, or Himalayas, at St Andrews, as an example for the kids course. “I had a Polish guy driving a digger, and showed him a photo of the Ladies Putting Course,” he said. “I wanted a small practice area, so we built something along those lines.”

The new course, built last summer and currently in the middle of a ‘grow in’, will open officially on 17 August. The new course will be free for youngsters to play, and Rasmusson has built up a large collection of clubs that learners will be able to use, again free of charge. “We believe it needs to be free,” he said. “So I approached the city council, and they have allowed us to use the land for free; I went to Rain Bird, asked them if they wanted to sponsor it they said ‘It’s genius, we’ll sponsor your irrigation if you allow us to use you as a case study.’ Weibulls, the seed company, took the same view, and gave us seed.”

“Golf should be accessible for everyone, without exception,” Rasmusson said. “Just as any other society funded sports like football. To truly become inclusive it has to be free and geographically accessible. In 20 years, I’d like to see the kids who have grown up in this area think of golf in the same way they do football or hockey. We’re building the course ourselves, but to a high standard, with sand-based greens. I would much rather pay out money for the design and architecture – though Johan has done the work pro bono – than for fancy construction work.”